Energy, its availability and use, is fundamental to a sustainable economy. One of our greatest challenges is balancing the technological, political, environmental and economic forces impacting existing agricultural and forest products markets along with emerging bioenergy markets. Through integrated research relationships we foster a better understanding of global energy influences on the agricultural and forest sector and its continued productive management and use.
BioSAT will work for YOU!
BioSAT focuses on:
Supply chain cost and logistics
Maps and display up-to-date baseline data for public and business leaders
Assess the economic availability of woody and agricultural-derived biomass
Identifies local market conditions
Reduces screening time in locating favorable sites
BioSAT will assist in answering business and economic questions such as:
Where is the biomass?
What are the biomass supply options and costs?
Have I chosen the right location?
What are the biomass locations' opportunities/constraints?
What are my delivered resource supply costs?
BioSAT is constantly growing to meet the needs of the expanding biomass market and we strive to improve our data to reflect local markets. To meet our long-term objectives, BioSAT will continuously update our data through multiple phases that reflect the newest innovations.
Phase 1 of BioSAT estimates the total costs, average total costs, and marginal cost ($/dry ton) of biomass at the mill gate. The cost of the resource, harvesting cost, and transportation cost are included in the estimate. Phase 1 will contain information regarding softwood and hardwood woody biomass which includes clean and unclean mill residues, logging residues, plantation thinning, other removals, and total dry biomass. Pulpwood and sawtimber growth, removals, mortality, and total inventory are taken into account.
In 2007, the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station and the Southeastern SunGrant Center at the University of Tennessee formed a partnership to provide research, policy, and business practitioners with innovative, biomass to energy, research that accommodates regional differences in available biomass supplies, infrastructure capacities, and environmental benefits for the South and beyond.
The Genesis of BioSAT grew from the idea that stability of biomass markets hinge on improved methods to display the risk and cost of supply and logistics from farm/forest gate to collection or conversion facility. We provide the user the unique opportunity to interact with the BioSAT Guided Assessment tool to obtain business analysis of the biomass market.
Estimates are that delivered cellulosic biomass accounts for one-half the cost of bioenergy. A major difficulty is that biomass production in the field is not automatically linked to proposed facility locations.
The BioSAT (Biomass Site Assessment Tools) helps rapidly screen and optimally site biomass collection or processing centers by zip code for the 33 Eastern United States (Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin).